Commentary

Wed
05
Jan

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

MANCHIN RESCUES AMERICA

Wed
05
Jan

Notes from an Old Bible

Galatians 5:16-18 : “I say then: walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”

This verse sets forth the constant battle the believer has between the flesh and the Holy Spirit. The unsaved person does not experience this, because the unsaved do not have the Holy Spirit. The word “lust” means to desire, long for, lust after, covet. It is used 16 times in the New Testament in both a good sense and a bad sense. It is used in a bad sense here and implied in a good sense “the desires of the Spirit. “The Spirit of God has only good “desires” and these good “desires” are for the benefit of each member of the Body of Christ.

Wed
29
Dec

Notes from an Old Bible

There are 10 beneficial laws that were given by the Creator God to show us how to live and please God. The 10 Commandments was a picture of God’s righteousness and was a school master to teach us that we need God’s grace to help us live a life pleasing to God. It takes thought, prayer, and the grace of God.

Exodus 20:12 “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thou days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”

Wed
29
Dec

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Should I Take Social Security Even If I Don’t Need It?

Dear Rusty: I am 66 years plus 8 months old, am still working making six figures, and can support myself. I’m a healthy, self-employed single woman and have a State Pension (from a divorce settlement). I will work part time, probably through next year and until I am 70 years old or more. What should I do about my Social Security - take it or «bank it” in Social Security? Signed: Fully Independent Lady

Dear Fully Independent: When to take your Social Security is always a personal choice which should look at your health, life expectancy and need for the money at this time. Since you imply that you don’t really need the money at this time, you might choose to simply wait until age 70 to claim, which will give you both the highest possible monthly benefit in your later years, as well as the most in cumulative lifetime benefits if you enjoy at least average longevity.

Wed
22
Dec

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

HOW DUMB THEY THINK WE ARE

Wed
22
Dec

On the Bright Side

Everybody recalls some of their favorite Christmas gifts “from Santa.”

I remember the trampoline that “Santa” hid in the woods before Christmas, and how my sister Ann and I inadvertently discovered it during a hike.

I recall the three Cabbage Patch Dolls that I got during Christmases in the 1980s. Their adoption papers had such hideous names that I renamed them “Haley, Matthew and Jonathan”.

There’s the red turtleneck with the little white specks that I got from The Gap as a teenager. That’s one of many that my sister Ashley told me about before Christmas.

Ashley loved telling people what their Christmas gifts were, but she wouldn’t directly tell you. For example, that Christmas, Ashley asked me, “Allison, did you see that red turtleneck with the white specks on it, near the front of The Gap yesterday at the mall?”

“Yes,” I replied.

“Well, I sure do hope you like it,” says Ashley.

Wed
22
Dec

Noble Police Chief pens letter to village residents

The mayor and village council have once again asked for a special election to be held to change the chief of police position from elected to appointed. This is part of their plan to do away with the position of chief of police altogether. They tried this two years ago and their efforts failed. Now they are trying it again. In order for an elected position to be eliminated, one of two things must happen. A special election must be held for the people to vote for the position to be changed from elected to appointed, which would place the position under the control of the mayor. He can then do with the position as he desires. As an alternative, if the elected position has no one filing as a candidate for two elections in a row, then the position can be struck from the elected positions altogether. That is what I inadvertently monkey wrenched when I filed as a candidate for the elected position of chief of police.

Wed
15
Dec

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

COVID & CHURCH ATTENDANCE

Covid has changed church attendance as many aren’t going back. It is not uncommon to hear of the low attendance in our churches today. Many declined to go because of the pandemic at one time and now they haven’t gone back. Scores of people grew accustomed to watching services online or just not attending. Across the country church leaders are wrestling with how to keep their congregations coming with fewer people showing up. Over the last few years the number of churchgoers has steadily dropped in the U.S. But Covid-19 and its lock-down restrictions accelerated that fall. It is estimated that church attendance is roughly 30% ro 50% lower than it was before the pandemic hit, according to Barnia Group, a research firm that studies faith in the U.S. We need a rebound and we need to realize that it all starts with God and our Christian faith.

UNPOPULAR SPENDING

Wed
15
Dec

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – How Do I Apply for Social Security Benefits?

Dear Rusty: I would like some advice concerning Social Security. In January I will be 62.5 years old. I was laid off two years ago and have not had a steady income since (though I still have bills to pay). I also did not qualify for unemployment. Therefore, what little I had for “retirement” is now gone. For this reason, I have been seriously considering applying for Social Security as soon as I’m able. I remember reading something that said I should begin the “paperwork” three months ahead of time. I’d like to begin that process, but don’t know where to begin. Could you guide me to the right place? Signed: Ready to Claim Benefits

Wed
15
Dec

LETTER: Local church thankful for VFW #4858

We the members of the San Antonio Avenue Church of Christ wish to openly thank Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4848 for providing us a place to worship. During these past three years and three months you have been very nice to us, and we appreciate it from the bottom of our heart. To the ladies of the auxiliary, we really appreciated the support you gave us when we first started at the VFW. You always greeted us with a smile and thank you. We are few in number but when we give God the glory, he will give the increase, adn we will wait patiently on him and put our trust in him.

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